Alachua County Commission-“We Can Be Judge, Jury and Executioner”
Well, well, well. It was just a matter of time before one of the Alachua County Commissioners let it be known that the reason the sheriff deputies are not getting a raise this year is because they keep busting people for pot. Commissioner Hutchinson has made it well known that he has told the Sheriff that deputies need to stop busting people for marijuana offenses. Regardless of how one may feel about legalized marijuana, the deputies have a duty to enforce the laws that are on the books. Don’t like the laws, then change the laws. You cannot tell deputies that their livelihood is dependent on ignoring certain laws that the Commissioner does not like. In most states there are laws against such actions. This is worrisome enough that we hope the Sheriff will pursue legal action against such intimidation.
Now that we have your interest, please click on the link below to view a copy of Tuesday’s County Commission Special meeting.
You can move the cursor to the 2 hour 45 min mark (2:45:00) and catch most of Commissioner Hutchinson’s comments ranging from taking control of the jail and not allowing room for minor drug offenders, informing the TV land viewers that if they get busted to ask for a trial by jury because you will most certainly get off and finally telling officers “Sorry, you didn’t get your raise because you are busting people.”
The whole section lasts about 15 minutes- http://alachua.granicus.com/MediaPlayer.php?view_id=8&clip_id=2776
My personal views on drugs are irrelevant. Many of our readers know that the war on drugs has not worked. Just as the war on poverty or the war on most anything has not worked. The WAR has become a business in and of itself. So let’s see what needs to change. There are so many pieces to the puzzle and the biggest piece is personal responsibility. But as the Government continues to take control of 100% of our daily lives the personal responsibility piece becomes smaller and smaller.
We can not have a group of County Commissioners influence the way police officers do their jobs (Protect You) just because they may not like a law. Can anyone say Politicians and Baltimore crime rate?
If you send an email to the address below it will automatically go to each of the five Commissioners. Let them know how you feel!